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Inter PIK
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Full name İnter Bakı Peşəkar İdman Klubu
Nickname(s) Bankirlər (The Bankers)
Founded 1997; 20 years ago (1997)
Ground Inter Arena
Ground Capacity 5,300
Owner vacant
President Zaur Akhundov
Manager Zaur Svanadze
League Azerbaijan Premier League
2016-17 3rd
Website Club website
Current season

Inter PSC (Azerbaijani: İnter Bakı Peşəkar İdman Klubu) is an Azerbaijani football club based in Baku, that currently plays in the Azerbaijan Premier League. The club have won the Premier League title two times. [1]

History[edit]

Early years (1997–2004)[edit]

The club has been functioning since 1997, but initially it had a different name. The club originally shared its name with Khazar University, the first private university in Azerbaijan which founded the club. The club debuted in the amateur league in 1997. In 1999, Khazar University began to play in the Azerbaijan Premier League and ended its debut in 11th place.[2] In subsequent years, Inter finished in 7th place (2000/01 season) and 3rd place (2003–04 season).

In the 2003–04 season the team performed well and ended the season in fourth place. This result earned the club the right to play in the UEFA Intertoto Cup for the first time. In the first round of the 2004 Intertoto Cup, Khazar University defeated Bregenz of Austria 3:0 in the first leg on a forfeit and 2:1 in the second leg.[3] In the second round of the tournament, Khazar University played Tampere United of Finland. The club lost the first game 0:3, but won the return leg held in Baku, 1:0. Khazar University lost the tie on aggregate and was out of its first Intertoto cup.[4]

The Double and Tskhadadze years (2004–2014)[edit]

In the summer of 2004, all rights of the Khazar University club were transferred to the newly created Inter Baku Professional Football Club, and the team participated in the 13th championship of the Azerbaijani Premier League under the name of Inter Baku. Later in 2004, certain structural changes were made in the club's management, and Inter Baku was renamed the Inter Professional Club, finishing the 2004–2005 season in seventh place. Inter's progression up the standings continued in the 14th iteration of the Azerbaijan Premier League when Inter finished in fourth place.

The club repeated its performance with fourth again in 2006–07 before winning the league championship in 2007–08. Following its victory in the domestic league, Inter qualified for its first-ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 2008 and advanced to the second qualifying round by defeating Rabotnički of the Republic of Macedonia on away goals.[5]

2009 saw Inter Baku retain the Azerbaijan Premier League title, securing it for the second time in the club's history. The club's Champions League campaign was less successful – barely losing to Lech Poznań away on penalties.[6] In 2011, Inter Baku also managed to win the CIS Cup after defeating Shakhtsyor Salihorsk in the final.[7][8]

In 2012, the club recorded an Azerbaijani record for the biggest win in a European competition by beating Narva Trans 5–0 in Estonia.[9] The club had started the 2013–14 season with a three-game losing streak, setting a record for worst start to a season in its history.[10] However, the team managed to clinch second spot in the league.[11]

Financial difficulties and present situation (2015-present)[edit]

During the 2015-16 season, Inter started experiencing financial difficulties at the same time with its main sponsor, The International Bank of Azerbaijan. In December of 2015, the club's president Georgi Nikolov was replaced by Rashad Gasimov. On 31 March 2016, Inter Baku were banned from participating in the next UEFA club competition that they would qualify for in the next three seasons, covering the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.[12]

The situation continued during the 2016-17 season as Inter struggled to pay salaries to its players and make new transfers. Despite that, Inter was able to claim the bronze medals in the national championship and reach the semifinals stage in the Cup. At the end of the season, IBA announced that it would no longer sponsor the club and this led to new changes in the administration. Zaur Akhundov, former director of the National Futzal Federation, was appointed as the head of the Supervisory Board and Ramish Maliyev became the new executive director of the club. Despite the rumors about the liquidation, Inter was able to find sponsorship for the 2017-18 season and play in the Europe League where it eliminated Serbian Mladost Lučani in the first qualifying round before getting eliminated by Fola Esch in the second round.

Domestic history[edit]

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1999-00 1st 11 22 5 3 14 19 41 18 1/8 Finals Azerbaijan S. Alakbarov 7
2000–01 1st 7 20 9 2 9 26 38 29 1/8 Finals Azerbaijan R. Nasibov 8
2003–04 1st 4 26 15 6 5 43 16 51 1/8 Finals Georgia (country) A. Sokhadze 6
2004–05 1st 7 34 19 9 6 44 24 66 Runner-Up Azerbaijan E. Mammadov 10
2005–06 1st 4 26 14 8 4 35 14 50 Quarter-Finals Nigeria Idahor 6
2006–07 1st 4 24 13 6 5 36 12 45 Semi-Finals Azerbaijan S. Aliyev 6
2007–08 1st 1 26 18 4 4 55 18 58 Runner-Up Azerbaijan K. Mammadov 19
2008–09 1st 2 26 18 7 1 54 16 61 Runner-Up Uruguay Guglielmone 17
2009–10 1st 1 32 22 12 8 58 37 78 Semi-Finals Lithuania Poškus 12
2010–11 1st 5 32 13 10 9 29 24 49 Runner-Up Lithuania Poškus 5
2011–12 1st 3 32 16 8 8 29 21 56 Semi-Finals Georgia (country) Tskhadadze 7
2012–13 1st 3 32 16 9 7 38 22 57 Quarter finals Georgia (country) Tskhadadze 8
2013–14 1st 2 36 20 7 9 60 37 67 Quarter finals Azerbaijan V. Javadov 16
2014–15 1st 2 32 17 12 3 55 20 63 Semi-Finals Spain Álvaro 9
2015–16 1st 4 36 16 11 9 39 28 59 Semi-Finals Azerbaijan N. Hajiyev / Azerbaijan M. Abbasov 6
2016–17 1st 3 28 11 10 7 39 33 43 Semi-Finals Azerbaijan R. Aliyev 11

European History[edit]

UEFA Champions League 2008–2009 Qualifying match in Skopje, Macedonia; FK Rabotnicki (Macedonia) – Inter Baku (Azerbaijan) 1–1
As of match played 20 July 2017
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 6 1 3 2 3 5
UEFA Europa League 24 11 7 6 34 24
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 3 0 1 6 4
Total 34 15 10 9 43 33
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup R1 Austria Bregenz 2–1 3–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Finland Tampere United 1–0 0–3 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 0–0 1–1 1–1(a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Serbia Partizan 1–1 0–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–2 1–3 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Poland Lech Poznań 0–1 1–0 1–1(8-9p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Estonia Narva Trans 5–0 2–0 7–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Greece Asteras Tripoli 1–1 1–1 2–2(2-4p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Finland IFK Mariehamn 1–1 2–0 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Norway Tromsø 1–0 0–2 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Moldova Tiraspol 3–1 3–2 6–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Sweden IF Elfsborg 0–1 1–0 1–1(3-4p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Albania Laçi 1–1 0–0 1–1(a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Iceland FH 2–2 2–1 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Spain Athletic Bilbao 0–0 0–2 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Serbia Mladost Lučani 2–0 3–0 5–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Luxembourg Fola Esch 1–0 1–4 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg

Stadium[edit]

Inter Arena
Stadium
Full name Inter Arena
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Owner Inter Baku
Operator Dynamic Resource
Capacity 8,125
Surface Artificial
Construction
Built 2001
Tenants
Inter Baku

The club play their home matches at the Inter Arena, an all-seater football stadium situated in Baku. Since 2008, the stadium has been under development, surrounded by practice fields, administration buildings and the newly built four-star Inter Hotel.

Shirt sponsor and kit manufacturer[edit]

Years Manufacturer Sponsor
2004 – 2011 Germany Adidas Azerbaijan International Bank of Azerbaijan
2011 – 2015 England Umbro
2015 – 2017 Spain Joma
2017 – present Azerbaijan Samaya LTD

Players[edit]

Azerbaijani teams are limited to nine players without Azerbaijani citizenship. The squad list includes only the principal nationality of each player; several non-European players on the squad have dual citizenship with an EU country.

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 June 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Azerbaijan DF Sertan Tashkin
3 Brazil DF Denis Silva
4 Azerbaijan DF Slavik Alkhasov
6 Azerbaijan MF Samir Zargarov
7 Azerbaijan MF Mirsahib Abbasov
8 Azerbaijan MF Nizami Hajiyev
9 Azerbaijan FW Pardis Fardjad-Azad
10 Azerbaijan MF Elnur Abdullayev
13 Azerbaijan GK Orkhan Sadigli
16 Azerbaijan GK Shahin Zakiyev
19 Azerbaijan MF Mirhuseyn Seyidov
20 Azerbaijan MF Agshin Guluzade
No. Position Player
22 Azerbaijan DF Ilkin Qirtimov
24 Azerbaijan MF Fuad Bayramov
27 Romania DF Adrian Scarlatache
33 Azerbaijan DF Tarlan Guliyev
39 Azerbaijan FW Alibey Mammadli
65 Azerbaijan MF Jabir Amirli
66 Azerbaijan DF Murad Gayali
77 Azerbaijan MF Oleg Huseynov
88 Azerbaijan MF Mammad Guliyev
98 Azerbaijan FW Gara Garayev
99 Azerbaijan DF Rijat Garayev

For recent transfers, see winter 2016 transfers and summer 2017 transfers.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Georgia (country) Zaur Svanadze
Assistant coach Georgia (country) Ramaz Svanadze
Fitness coach Serbia Aleksandar Karaklic
Scout Azerbaijan Zaur Ismayilov
Goalkeeping coach Azerbaijan Jamal Aliyev
Reserve team head coach Azerbaijan Ilgar Huseynov

Records[edit]

Individual[edit]

Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club, as of 14 November 2014 (players in bold signify current Inter players). Ģirts Karlsons is the club's all-time top scorer with 36 goals in 73 games.[13]

Khagani Mammadov is one of the most goal scoring players.
Top Ten Highest Goalscorers
Player Period Appearances Goals
1 Latvia Ģirts Karlsons 2009–12 73 36
2 Uruguay Walter Guglielmone 2007–09 45 28
3 Georgia (country) Bachana Tskhadadze 2010–present 97 28
4 Azerbaijan Khagani Mammadov 2007–09 35 22
5 Lithuania Robertas Poškus 2009–11 52 17
6 Azerbaijan Emin Imamaliev 2003–05 48 14
7 Belarus Uladzimir Makowski 2004–06 52 11
8 Azerbaijan Volodimir Levin 2004–13 204 11
9 Bulgaria Petar Zlatinov 2008–13 97 10
10 Spain Mikel Álvaro 2013–present 30 9
Volodimir Levin is Inter's most capped player.
Top Ten Players With Most Appearances
Player Period Caps Goals
1 Azerbaijan Ukraine Volodimir Levin 2004–13 204 11
2 Azerbaijan Asif Mammadov 2008–10; 2010–present 118 7
3 Georgia (country) Giorgi Lomaia 2009–present 108 0
4 Azerbaijan Arif Dashdemirov 2010–present 98 5
5 Georgia (country) Bachana Tskhadadze 2010–present 97 28
6 Bulgaria Petar Zlatinov 2008–13 97 10
7 Georgia (country) Ilia Kandelaki 2010–13 75 3
8 Azerbaijan Elmar Bakhshiev 2004–07 74 1
9 Latvia Ģirts Karlsons 2009–12 73 36
10 Czech Republic Bronislav Červenka 2007–12 72 5

Notable managers[edit]

Information correct as of match played 2 November 2014. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Ismail Aliyev  Azerbaijan 1997 1998 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Samir Alakbarov  Azerbaijan 1999 2000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Boyukagha Aghayev  Azerbaijan 2001 2004 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [14]
Anatoly Konjkov  Ukraine 2004 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [15]
Oleg Smolyaninov  Russia 2006 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [16]
Valentyn Khodukin  Ukraine 2006 Jun 2009 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Azerbaijan Premier League [16]
Kakhaber Tskhadadze  Georgia Jul 2009 Jun 2014 220 111 63 46 301 166 050.45 Azerbaijan Premier League
CIS Cup
[17]
  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Winners (2): 2007–08, 2009–10

Regional[edit]

Winners (1): 2011

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Arts, Sports & Events". Official Khazar University website. 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  3. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup History Season 2004 First Round". uefa.com. Archived from the original on 23 May 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup History Season 2004 Second Round". uefa.com. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Ventspils and Sheriff arrest losses". uefa.com. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  6. ^ Kurowski, Dariusz. "Lech through after 22-penalty shoot-out". UEFA. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Кубок Содружества у "Интера"!". Championat.ru. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Azerbaijani football club Inter wins CIS Cup on penalties". Trend.az. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Интер" победил, "Пюник" проиграл. UEFA (in Russian). uefa.com. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  10. ^ ""İnter"dən 3-cü məğlubiyyət, "Qarabağ" yenidən zirvədə – YENİLƏNİB". Apasport.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Чемпионы тоже плачут. Azerisport.com (in Russian). Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "CFCB adjudicatory chamber orders". uefa.org. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Azerbaijan Premier League Stats". PFL.az. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Беюкага АГАЕВ:"Мы находимся в ожидании чего-то нового". extratime.az (in Russian). Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Бывший тренер футбольного клуба "Интер" Анатолий Коньков будет прооперирован Читать полностью: http://news.day.az/sport/46821.html". Day.az (in Russian). Retrieved 10 January 2014.  External link in |title= (help)
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  17. ^ "Sxadadze 250-ə yaxınlaşdı". rekord.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 2 November 2014. 

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